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Hubbard's betrayal of gay voters?

Wed 8 Dec 2004 In: New Zealand Daily News

8.50pm - In what looks to be a shocking betrayal of the glbt constituency that helped carry him to victory in the local body elections, Dick Hubbard has apparently signed a letter to MPs as Mayor of Auckland urging them to vote down the Civil Union Bill on the basis that gays and lesbians are more likely to abuse and murder their children. As stated in the letter, Hubbard's position on the Civil Union Bill is a complete reversal of his stance as stated to the gay and lesbian community prior to the election. At a mayoral forum hosted by the Gay Auckland Business Association in August, Hubbard told the audience that those cities with a vibrant gay community and tolerance towards gays were the ones attracting business. "I have no problem with the Civil Union Bill," Hubbard told reporters from and Queer Nation which both publicised that stance in news coverage of the event. "I am a practicising Christian, but I am satisfied that there is enough distinction between the Civil Union Bill and marriage." The letter also bears the names of Ian   

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First published: Wednesday, 8th December 2004 - 12:00pm

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